'Bangladesh to help rebuild Afghanistan' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 12, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 12, 2009

'Bangladesh to help rebuild Afghanistan'

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said Bangladesh would contribute to the rebuilding of Afghanistan by extending cooperation in the field of capacity building and by enhancing trade cooperation.
She said steps would be taken to offer scholarships for Afghan students in the fields of medicine and higher studies.
The minister said this when the Afghan Ambassador Ahmad Karim Nawabi sought Bangladesh's assistance for rebuilding Afghanistan during his courtesy call on her at the ministry.
“Afghanistan is a member of Saarc and under the umbrella of the regional forum, it would be benefited from various Saarc initiatives. We have historic ties with the brotherly country Afghanistan,” Dipu added.
To enhance trade cooperation, she said 'single country trade fair' could be held and Afghanistan can export its products to Bangladesh and can import pharmaceuticals, ceramics and cement.
Besides these, Dipu said exchange of trade, cultural and parliamentary team could help strengthen political, cultural and commercial relations between the two friendly countries.
She stressed the importance of forming South Asian task force to combat terrorism from which, the minister opined, all the countries of the region facing threats could be benefited immensely.
The minister said Afghanistan could be benefited from Bangladesh's home-grown ideas like micro-credit, non-formal education and empowerment of women and gender mainstreaming.
The Afghan envoy told the minister that his country was striving to combat terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking and informed that a 12-member delegation from Afghan universities would arrive at Dhaka tomorrow to have experience in the field of higher studies here.
The envoy requested the minister to reopen the Bangladesh mission in Kabul.
Dipu assured that it was decided in principle and the procedure for reopening was going on.

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